If you’re like us and your bike use doesn’t really justify your two-wheeler’s cost, upkeep, or monthly storage fee, then maybe it’s time to start an in-house bike-loan program .
One Upper West Side co-op recently did just that, says its managing agent, Kevin Mitchell of Douglas Elliman Property Management.
Here’s how it works at 262 Central Park West:
- Residents contribute underused bikes, including road bikes (thin tires), mountain bikes (straight handlebars/thicker tires), and childrens’ bikes
- The building pays a local bike shop to clean them up, and the building staff looks after them on a regular basis
- Residents and accompanying friends can borrow bikes anytime so long as they sign a release form held by the doorman
- Helmets aren’t included and bikes can’t be checked out all day or overnight